The 39th IABSE Symposium will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from 19 to 23 September, 2017. The conference is organized by the Structural Engineers Association of British Columbia and the Canadian Group of IABSE. The venue will be The Westin Bayshore Hotel, a modern conference facility located on the waterfront of Vancouver just a short stroll from the downtown and scenic Stanley Park. Vancouver itself is a culturally diverse city with plentiful recreation and sightseeing opportunities and a world leading tourist destination.

Conference Aims

The 2017 IABSE Symposium aims to bring together leading academics, industry professionals and infrastructure managers to encourage discussion, technical advancement and increased collaborations in the field of structural engineering. IABSE Symposia present a unique blend of practical project-oriented work as well as cutting-edge technical advancements. The theme for the 39th IABSE Symposium, “Engineering the Future”, highlights this aim.

Over the past decade, IABSE Symposia have attracted 500 to 1000 delegates (typically well over 550 delegates) from over 35 countries; the 2015 Symposium in Geneva had over 500 delegates and approximately 350 submitted papers.  We are expecting over 400 papers, posters and other contributions for the Vancouver event. All scientific contributions for the Vancouver Symposium will be peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee.

An exciting Young Engineer’s program is also planned, with the aim to allow increased interaction between the next generation of engineers and the seasoned practitioners.

The Symposium will be co-hosted by the Structural Engineers Association of British Columbia (SEABC) and the Canadian Group of IABSE. The 2017 Symposium will also be supported by other international structural engineering organizations, including:

  • Institution of Structural Engineers, IStructE
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE
  • Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, CSCE
  • Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering, CAEE

Canadian Group of IABSE

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The Canadian Group of IABSE, led by Mr. Adrian Gygax, represents the 75+ members of IABSE residing in Canada. The group is comprised of both paractitioners and academics, with members located from coast-to-coast



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The Structural Engineers Association of British Columbia (SEABC) is a local technical society with over 750 local and international members. SEABC has a strong record of hosting educational initiatives related to technical progress and professional practice.